Brian Morseman comfortably won the Bermuda marathon yesterday, clocking 2hr 28 min 52 sec over the new, scenic course that started in Dockyard before sunrise and finished outside Barr’s Bay Park in Hamilton today.The New Yorker was relaxing with a ginger beer by the time second place finisher, Bermudian Sean Trott, crossed the line almost fourteen minutes later in 2:43:04 in his first full marathon. "I feel really good, just the hamstrings are tight but aerobically I feel really good and could go another ten miles," Morseman said.
The Royal Gazette, 18 hours ago
A day centre for Hamilton’s homeless with showers and other services could be on the cards.Dwayne Caines, the chief operating officer of the City of Hamilton, said the authority was looking for a building where the homeless could clean up, charge phones, and meet representatives from support agencies.But he warned: "There’s no quick fix. It’s going to be a long, hard, dedicated slog for us all."Mr Caines was speaking at a forum on homelessness, held at the Bermuda National Library on
The Royal Gazette, 2 days ago
A stunned charter boat owner said a fire that destroyed two boats in Dockyard had wrecked his business and cost him his home.Jesse Moniz, 24, said he had lived on board the Aurelia as well as operating the vessel as a charter and Airbnb vacation home. He added: "When you lose an asset like that, it’s not as simple as going down the road and buying a new one."It cost me my home, my business - everything."He was speaking after the Sunday fire, which started on
The Royal Gazette, 3 days ago
Cold weather from the East Coast is expected to bring lower temperatures and gale force gusts over the next two days.According to the Bermuda Weather Service, winds will pick up tonight with occasional showers as a cold front approaches the island.Gary Hall, meteorologist, said the front will bring the coldest weather the island has seen so far this winter.Mr Hall said: "Northwest winds will follow the front and become gale force - 25 to 35 knots, gusting to 45 knots - by early Friday morning at the latest and persist through the daytime hours on Friday. "High temperatures on Friday and Saturday will struggle to break the 60 degree mark, while overnight lows will dip into the lower 50s.Mr Hall said temperatures around the island are expected to be "well below" the average daily low for January, which is around 64 to 65 degrees.The winds are expected to weaken rapidly on Saturday, although conditions will likely remain cool.He explained that this time of year deep low pressure systems can form north of Bermuda and travel up or along the Canadian Maritimes.Mr Hall said: "The trailing cold fronts behind these deep lows usher in a modified polar air mass which adds to our showers and resulting cold temperatures."A Small Craft Warning is in effect for this evening, while a Gale Force Warning will come into effect early Friday.
The Royal Gazette, 4 days ago
The Reverend Martin Luther King’s 91st birthday today offers an opportunity to reflect on his intrinsic qualities. Dr King asked us to ignore surface matters but instead to consider the content of one’s character.This year marks the 65th anniversary of the iconic Montgomery Bus Boycott. Dr King’s oratory and humility helped to galvanise that movement, initiating a paradigm shift across America and beyond. His humility was grounded in his understanding that everyone can make a difference.In fact, the introduction of Dr King’s movement was a result of the extraordinary courage of a 15-year-old student in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 2, 1955. Nine months before Rosa Parks’s historic stand, teenager Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat and was arrested. Activist E.D. Nixon pulled together an ad hoc group to strategise a response. This included veteran lawyer Clifford Durr and his protégé, Fred Gray, as well as a new minister in Montgomery - Martin Luther King.Given the terrorising presence of the Ku Klux Klan in Montgomery, the bold action of the teen inspired the community. Within months, three other women, including another teen, repeated her bravery. Fred Gray attempted a legal strategy. Given the circumstances, it was decided to hold on launching a campaign.That said, Claudette Colvin and those others had reminded their community that everyone can make a difference. They laid the groundwork for Rosa Parks’s stand on December 1, 1955. That heroism led E.D. Nixon to mobilise his contacts and Montgomery’s clergy. Independently, women teachers secretly distributed leaflets announcing a bus boycott.Having been inspired and reminded that he could make a difference, Dr King agreed to chair the campaign. With humility and an understanding of the status quo, MLK appreciated that the movement should include everyone.The chord struck in Montgomery even mobilised a few whites. Since few blacks owned vehicles for carpooling, sustaining the boycott became a logistical nightmare.Some support came from out of town, notably from Harry Belafonte and Stanley Levison from New York.As the boycott gained traction, police and official bureaucracy undermined momentum.Eventually, terror struck with the bombing of Dr King’s home on January 30, 1956. Subsequently, 90 boycott leaders were arrested.These tactics further galvanised campaigners. Fred Gray initiated court action, with Claudette Colvin and the other three as plaintiffs. The historic United States Supreme Court ruling was implemented on December 20, 1956 after a 385-day boycott, which demonstrated that everyone can make a difference.After the success of Montgomery, the movement became formally known as the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and independent actions popped up. Students staged sit-ins at segregated facilities across the South. By 1961, black and white students - "freedom riders" - from universities across America travelled on interstate buses, challenging Jim Crow.The SCLC assisted a Birmingham campaign in April 1963 with direct action. Scores of volunteers were arrested.When MLK’s imprisonment failed to bear results, hundreds of schoolchildren joined the campaign and the jails were overflowing.Commissioner of Public Safety Theodore Eugene "Bull" Connor pre-empted those peaceful protesters with fire hoses and dogs, resulting in iconic media pictures.The next day, further crowds appeared peacefully in Birmingham, and when ordered to turn on fire hoses, officers refused. They remembered that everyone can make a difference.This loss resulted in a late-night bombing of the home of Dr King’s brother, A.D. King. Fortunately, the seven family members escaped serious injury and A.D. led the efforts in calming the hundreds who were enraged by the cowardly act.He repeated this when the motel in which his older brother had stayed was also bombed. In the mass meeting after this violence, Dr King addressed the polarising impulse to restore spirits in the face of the grave challenges: " ... this is not a struggle between black people and white people, this is a struggle between justice and injustice".Dr King’s affirmation manifested within days when in Ohio, during a series of rallies co-ordinated by the Episcopal bishop.Rallies included mostly white parishioners among more than 10,000 in attendance over a 12-hour period. Significant movement funds were raised, demonstrating again that everyone can make a difference.Later that summer, Dr King shared his "dream".On April 4, 1967, exactly a year before his assassination, Dr King demonstrated his substantial integrity in an historic speech at New York’s Riverside Church.He disregarded advice from some colleagues in the civil rights movement who were fearful of opposing the US Government’s Vietnam War policy. Dr King’s call for peace addressed the "big picture" and the human family’s interconnectedness, confirming that everyone can make a difference.? Glenn Fubler represents Imagine Bermuda
The Royal Gazette, 5 days ago
Kijani Burgess, 16, has been identified as the first person to die on Bermuda’s roads this year.Kijani died after a collision yesterday afternoon near Scaur Hill in Sandys.A police spokesman said: "It has since been confirmed that the teen was riding a 50cc scooter - not a motorcycle as originally stated - east along Somerset Road behind a taxi, which was also being driven in the same direction in the eastbound lane."Apparently the taxi driver, said to be a 68-year-old Smith’s man, slowed down and pulled to the side of the road to give way to an oncoming fire truck that was being driven west in the westbound lane along Somerset Road with its emergency equipment (lights and sirens) activated, responding to a reported collision."However, Kijani and his scooter struck the rear of the taxi and fell into the path of the fire truck near Lantana Road."Police said despite life-saving efforts by EMTs both at the scene and in an ambulance on the way to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, Kijani was pronounced dead.The police spokesman added: "A family liaison officer continues to assist Kijani’s loved ones at this difficult time."All three vehicles involved were damaged, but there were no injuries reported by the taxi driver or the Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service personnel travelling in the fire truck."A full investigation regarding the circumstances of this fatal crash - the first for 2020 - is ongoing."Any witnesses that have not yet come forward are urged to contact Pc Dennis Joell at the Roads Policing Unit on 247-1788, 717-2221 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Royal Gazette, 6 days ago
A fatal crash at the West End this afternoon has claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy from Sandys.The crash on Somerset Road, at about 4.15pm, was said to involve a fire truck, a taxi and a motorcycle.It marks the first road death of 2020.As of 5.30pm, police said motorists headed towards Somerset should expect delays until further notice.A family liaison officer has been assigned to assist the deceased’s family.An inquiry is under way, with witnesses urged to contact
The Royal Gazette, 7 days ago
Donna Raynor has every reason to be optimistic over the island’s medal hopes in the middle-distance events at the Carifta Games in April.The Bermuda National Athletics Association president was blown away by the promising performances achieved by a trio of runners, who all reached the Carifta qualifying times during the first track meet of the year at the National Stadium last weekend.Kahzi Sealey, Tommy Marshall and Ryan Outerbridge became the island’s first three athletes to qualify for t
The Royal Gazette, 8 days ago
It was a decade of five premiers, seven Opposition leaders, two explosive General Elections, numerous angry demonstrations, never-ending accusations of corruption and House of Assembly spats and the death of two political parties.But for all the drama, it’s hard to argue the Bermuda political scene didn’t finish 2019 pretty much where it began in 2010.The personalities and names may have changed, but the Progressive Labour Party still enjoys a seemingly unassailable lead over an Opposition
The Royal Gazette, 9 days ago
What Jereme Ramsay most wants to see is industry partners continue to collaborate with the Bermuda Business Development Agency and build on the successes of the past 5½ years.He returns to the private sector next month with KPMG Bermuda, having played an important role in helping attract business and investment to the island with the BDA since 2014.Mr Ramsay, a Bermudian, is upbeat on the island’s prospects, and has asked the business community to stay involved with the BDA to ensure the ju
The Royal Gazette, 10 days ago
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